DTE Faces Prosecution Over Mercury In Canada

Law360, New York (January 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A Canadian court on Wednesday ordered a lower court to prosecute Michigan's DTE Energy Co. for allegedly poisoning the St. Clair River in Canada with mercury emitted by two of its coal-burning power plants.

Scott Edwards, legal director for the Waterkeepers Alliance, initiated the prosecution under Canadian law, which allows individual Canadian citizens to independently prosecute certain offenses in criminal court, in March. The Superior Court of Justice in Sarnia, Ontario ordered a lower court to issue a summons against DTE.

"DTE has acted with a...
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